July 23, 2023

by Clarissa Martinelli on July 23, 2023

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
-Galatians 2:20
As in last week’s story, Jesus seems to be telling us that God is somewhat sloppy when it comes to bestowing gifts. Actually, it wasn’t just Jesus—from the book of Genesis on, we find God being willing to call and equip individuals whose flaws were as obvious as their strengths. A lot of the folks God chooses wouldn’t even make the first cut for our lists. That is good news for us, frankly. We are often more aware of our flaws than our strengths, too. And here are many stories telling us that God still has work for us to do. God still has a place, even for the likes of us. What a gospel!
Jesus’ parable of the Wheat and Weeds tells us that what may appear to be a lost cause to us isn’t necessarily lost to grace. When we see God’s grace at work, we are more in tune with how to share that grace with others.
We might be— no, we are continually surprised at what God’s grace can do and for whom. We never know who we might see shining like the sun.
Come, siblings of Christ, as we learn to imagine a new reality where the Wheat and the Weeds, or Tares grow together and even flawed humans, like ourselves, can be disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
All are invited; All are welcomed!

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